Chad's Medical Fundraiser

Motocross is a sport that I was born with in my blood. From the age of 2, when I started my 2-wheel adventure, I knew I had a considerable amount of passion for the sport. Over time I gained an inexplicable amount of respect for it with the awareness that at the blink of an eye, my life could be flipped upside down.

MAY 2013 "“ THE ACCIDENT/SURGERY 1

On May 22, 2013, after spending a week with my cousin riding in Northern California, I said goodbye and started on my way back to Manhattan Beach (home). On my way down the coast I stopped at a track I had wanted to ride for years. Riding solo is not something condone, but this was my opportunity to go ride my dreamland.

On my fifth lap around the track, I misjudged a section and cartwheeled my body 25 feet off of the track. First instinct, I checked every body part and prayed that every limb had feeling. With my vision and awareness drifting in and out, I lifted my left arm and saw my collarbone nearly bulging through my skin.

As I came back to reality I started to grasp the fact that I still have three hours left of the drive home. Steering lightly with my right hand, my adrenaline got me home. When I got there I went straight to Urgent care for an X-ray which revealed my collar bone broken in four places. Two days, later i was rushed into emergency surgery which involved the insertion of a titanium plate and eleven screws.

Cost: $6,000

JUNE 2013 "“ SURGERY 2

In the following weeks, I noticed that the skin around my foot-long scar looked infected. I went back to the doctor and he suggested a "cleaning surgery" to clean underneath the plate and to replace some of the screws. I had the surgery as recommended.

Following the cleaning surgery I was prescribed oral antibiotics, which the doctor later realized were insufficient. He then prescribed seven days of IV antibiotics. The IV antibiotics required that I drive to the hospital every day for the drip line. In addition, every three days I needed a new IV installation which was very draining physically and emotionally, not to mention time consuming and expensive.

Cost: $ 1,400

JULY 2013 - SURGERY 3

The IV antibiotics were still not working. The prescription for seven days was not enough to kill the bacteria, so the skin infection relapsed. To my dismay, I needed another cleaning surgery. This surgery was very similar to the previous, but this time I was prescribed IV antibiotics for 21 days straight.

Out of Pocket Cost:
Surgery:$2,400
IV: $945

AUGUST 2013 "“ THE BONE STIMULATOR

Because my collar bone wasn't growing or healing fast enough, the doctor suggested using an at-home bone stimulator for eight weeks which was supposed to activate bone growth. I suspected that the infection was causing my pain and not slow bone growth, but I bought the apparatus and tried it out for two weeks. As my pain was increasing, I went back to the doctor and he ran some more tests. My bone was deeply infected, so the bone stimulator was useless. Due to the "fine print" on the bone stimulator, I was not able to return the device even though it was incorrectly prescribed to me.

Out of Pocket Cost: $1,100

OCTOBER 2013 "“ SURGERY 4

In October after many surgeries, antibiotics and no progress, I made an executive decision that I would change doctors to see a more experienced trauma surgeon who had extensive experience with the shoulder.

Under the direction of the new doctor, I had my fourth surgery to remove everything: the plate and all eleven screws. This was a pivotal day in the sense that I was starting fresh. The downside is that all of the prior surgeries, bills and pain I endured leading up to this surgery were for absolutely nothing; not to mention, I had six weeks of daily IV antibiotics in addition to oral antibiotics following the surgery.

Out of Pocket Cost:
Surgery: $2,400
IV: $1,975


IN CONCLUSION

With sights set on a fifth surgery in 2014, I have created this fundraiser to help with the medical bills. I have been out of work for over three months and I have over $15,000, NOT including my next surgery in medical bills.
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    • $600 
    • 89 mos
  • Lisa guichard 
    • $30 
    • 90 mos
  • Ron Paulson 
    • $300 
    • 91 mos
  • Gemma 
    • $30 
    • 91 mos
  • James Area 
    • $40 
    • 91 mos
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Organizer

Chad Tempo 
Organizer
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